Raphael Varane Admits La Liga Is Not at the ‘Same Tempo’ as Premier League

Published 08/30/2021, 9:32 PM EDT
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Manchester United have been busy in the transfer window to say the least. First they brought in electrifying young winger Jadon Sancho, then they added a much-needed center back to pair alongside Harry Maguire in Raphael Varane and topped it off by signing a club legend like Cristiano Ronaldo.

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While Sancho and Ronaldo are quality signings, United in the last few years have shown how disappointing their defense can be. Although they manage to put the clamps on smaller teams, United’s back line struggled massively against some of the biggest European clubs.

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Unable to handle the intense pressing by Europe’s top clubs, the ‘Red Devils’ knew they had to search the market for a top center back. Enter Raphael Varane. Fresh off a decent season with Real Madrid, the French man was desperate for a change in scenery. United swept in and brought in the 4-time Champions League winner for 43 million which might be a great bargain.

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Raphael Varane says La Liga and Premier League not of the ‘same tempo’

The 28-year-old recently made his debut in a Manchester United jersey. Paired up alongside Harry Maguire, Varane and United saw a barrage of attacks coming from a new-look Wolves side.

But the Frenchman handled all the pressure with ease. The Frenchman not only passed the ball accurately with 88% passing accuracy, he also created 2 chances and gave the assist to Mason Greenwood’s incredible winner.

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After the debut win, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a chat with his new signing. The Norwegian manager asked the star defender whether the tempo in La Liga and the Premier League were the same or not. Varane had a simple answer to the same, ‘No’.

This certainly speaks volumes in the different styles of play both the league have. While the Premier League is more dominated by pressing, La Liga is much more dependent on passing and possession.

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Given the high-pressure and intense situations, upsets are pretty frequent in Premier League. But the same cannot be said about La Liga. With relegation threatened clubs take a counter-attack approach, enabling the dominant team to dominate possession.

The French defender certainly had a good debut but will take some time to adjust to life in PL. Will Raphael Varane thrive with Manchester United this season? Is this the season Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally wins some silverware?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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